Seahorse - Indonesia LiveaboardInquiry
Seahorse is a Pinisi rigged Sulawesi schooner offering sailing charters and liveaboard scuba diving trips to East Indonesia. Built and completed in 2004 the MSY Seahorse offers a level of luxury and safety not found on most liveaboard dive charter sailing yachts in Indonesia.
At 33 meters long and 8.5 meters wide, the Seahorse is a majestic and spacious vessel, accommodating up to 16 guests attended by 12 crew.All cabins have individually controlled air-conditioning, private en-suite bathrooms with hot water and plenty of room for storage.
There are 6 standard cabins on the lower deck (4 twin, 1 double and one dbl/twin) and 2 deluxe double sea view cabins on the main deck which are 13.5 sq. meter and have a 150 x 200 cmts bed, desk, TV and dvd player.
The classic beauty of the Msy Seahorse combines traditional craftsmanship with fully modern conveniences and safety features, providing charming comfort in the remotest waters of Indonesia. The carefully planned itinerary operates in remote areas of Indonesia still relatively unknown to many; but our professional crew, chef and dive masters will reasure that you will get the best diving combined with top quality food and professional service. Seahorse also offers free Nitrox to qualified Nitrox divers.
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Seahorse - prices and what's included
Prices are per person per trip in Euros based on 2 persons sharing a cabin.
Exact pricing is available on the schedule here as prices vary dependant on the time of year, destination and the length of the trip and sometimes special offers are available.
The trip price includes :
2-3 day dives + night dive when possible (dependanty on which itinerary it is).
No dive on the arrival day except in komodo, 1 dive on the last day of cruise, no dive on the check out day.
Aluminum 80 CF diving tank, diving weights, weight belts.
Nitrox for certified divers
All meals and snacks on board. Drinking water, hot drinks (Tea, coffee, milk, chocolate) and soft drinks
Airport-boat–Airport transfers at cruise departure and arrival location.
The trip price does not include :
International and domestic flights
Harbor Fees and park or preserved area entry fees, local diving taxes.
Beers, wines and liquors.
Diving equipment rental
Aluminum 100 cf dive tank
Internaional or Indonesian domestic flights and/or transit hotel
Visa entry fee (if any)
Tips on board recommended but not mandatory (5% to 10% of published rates)
Occupancy of “double bed main deck cabins with sea view” is 30€ extra per person per night
Single occupancy (165% of published rates)
Fuel surcharge if any mentioned
Raja Ampat port and park fees are 200 Euro.
6-9 night Komodo 125 Euros,
10 nights Komodo 200 Euros and at this time there is no fuel surcharge.
Free Nitrox for qualified Nitrox divers.
Book 5 persons and receive the 6th for FREE !!!
Standard Booking and Cancellation Terms and Conditions.
Booking deposit: 30% of your invoice total is required within 7 days of booking to confirm your booking.
Final payment of 70% is due to 90 days prior to the departure date to complete your invoice payment.
Individual bookings made less than 90 days before the departure date will be payable in full upon booking to confirm your booking.
Cancellation at any stage involves forfeit of monies already payed.
Book 5 persons and receive the 6th for FREE !!!
10% within 7 days of booking, nonrefundable
30% 150 days prior to departure, non-refundable
90 days before departure, non-refundable
|Diving Equipment Rentals (Euro)||Per day|
|Regulator with octopus||E 10|
|Wetsuit (shorty 3mm)||E 10|
|Fins (+ booties as required)||E 5|
|Nitrox course||E 150|
|Extra large tank (10cf)||E 50-65 per cruise|
Seahorse - cabins
To see photos of the cabins please visit the schedule and click on the cabin name to see the photos of each cabin, availability and price.
There are 6 standard cabins on the lower deck (4 twin bed, 1 double bed and one dbl/twin)
All cabins have AC and en-suite bathrooms
There are 6 standard cabins on the lower deck (4 twin bed, 1 double bed and one dbl/twin)
All cabins have AC and en-suite bathrooms
There are 2 deluxe double bed sea view cabins on the main deck which are 13.5 sq. meter and have a 150 x 200 cmts bed, desk, TV and dvd player.
All cabins have AC and en-suite bathrooms
Seahorse - itineraries
Special Quarantine trips
Yes, it's true, you can now do your Indonesian quarantine period on-board Seahorse Liveaboard in Sulawesi at no extra cost whilst enjoying amazing diving and sailing through the Indonesian Archipelago rather than being stuck in a hotel room.
We also offer Stunning Non-diving Island Beach Resort quarantine as well, Contact us for more information on the non-diving options.
Seahorse Liveaboard, in association with Jangkar, the Indonesian Liveaboard association, and the Indonesian Government is now fully licensed to offer quarantine on board rather than in a hotel room.
This is a fully government certified and legal way to complete your quarantine requirement for entering Indonesia.
Here's how your trip would work..
You will fly internationally to Singapore (SIN) using Singapore airlines transiting through Singapore airport onto Scoot airlines (A subsidiary of Singapore airlines) to Manado International Airport (MDC) in Sulawesi, Indonesia, one of only 2 International entry points into Indonesia at this time.
Once you land you will be met by the boats representative and transport and taken to Bitung harbour, about 45 minutes away, to join the boat.
In compliance with Covid-19 protocols, Bitung is also the returning point after your dive trip and from there you will fly out of Manado again.
No additional quarantine is needed after you have completed your designated time period.
(The quarantine period is dependant on which country you are coming from, 7 or 10 nights).
To enter Indonesia you will need a B211A visa which will be arranged in advance by the boat at no charge, be fully vaccinated and have a negative PCR test 3 x 24 hrs before you arrive and once you have made your booking you will be provided with a confirmed quarantine booking letter that you will need to present at immigration upon your arrival in Indonesia.
You must also have the PeduliLindungi app installed on your mobile (and the eHAC completed there if possible).
After your trip is over, your quarantine period will be over and you will be free to travel domestically around Indonesia to places like Bali and Komodo.
Your B211A visa will be provided as part of the trip price.
Please note: Once all the required documents are received from you, it will take 10 days to process the visa application.
The first trips are already up and running and a great success and there is even a special offer available...check the trip schedules to see if this works for you or contact us for more information.
Pricing and Special Offers
The trip price for 12 nights all inclusive is 4,890 Euros per person plus 200 euros marine park and port fees.
This might seem a lot but as you have to do a quarantine anyway, which will probably cost you half this amount, you could consider this a way of getting discounted dive trip with the added bonus of not having to look at 4 walls for 7-10 nights with all your food, accommodation, diving and visa expense included in the price and organised for you.
There is also a Special offer available...
These special offer prices are valid for ALL CRUISES departing until September 2022, including the currently running Bitung to Bitung cruises and the upcoming Bali-Komodo-Bali cruises.
1 Pax = no discount
2 pax = 700 € off the published rate (per pax)
4 pax = 1150 € off the published rate (per pax)
6 pax = 1400 € off the published rate (per pax)
8 pax and more = 1750 € off the published rate (per pax)
The trip price includes
- Indonesian B211A entry visa
- Accommodation in a shared twin or double cabin.
- All meals & snacks. Drinking water, soft drinks and hot drinks
- All guided dives (1 guide /4 divers maximum)
- Aluminium tank (12 litres), weights and belts
- Airport-boat transfers from/to the closest airport (departure and arrival).
The trip price doesn't include
- Park, port & distance fees: 200 € (cash on board) - International flights
- Alcoholic beverages (you can BYOB)
- Diving equipment rental (see pricing below)
- 100 cf (15 litres) tank : 65 € / cruise - Laundry (1 € / 2 pieces) - Crew gratuities
Here is the Bitung to Bitung Itinerary including the Famous Lembeh Strait for the best muck diving in the world and the stunning Halmehera area.
About the diving:
There is no need to remind you that Lembeh strait is the number one macro diving destination in the world with weird and rarley seen critters everywhere, a macro photographer's dream.
During this trip you will explore some of the most remote and pristine dive locations on the planet.
Your liveaboard experience in Halmahera will include: Wrecks, hard coral, muck dives, volcanic rock, caverns and swim-throughs, a full range of diving throughout your dive cruise.
Halmahera is the largest island of the Maluku's and is covered with lush Indonesian tropical forests.
Located in the heart of the Coral Triangle, South Halmahera marine ecosystem and rich biodiversity, with exceptional flora and fauna is still a secret gem with so much to be discovered.
It is covered with lush forests and everywhere majestic volcanoes come out of a calm sea and the deep forests of Halmahera have remained intact.
It's pristine beaches of white sand and coral reefs offer exceptional conditions for scuba diving and snorkelling.
What to expect:
Big fish such as Hammerhead, barracuda, oceanic whitetip, Manta rays.
Goraici islands and its pristine white sandy beaches with an amazing healthy coral reef.
Pantini Strait is the famous channel full of anthias around spectacular reefs.
Bacan islands are home to stunning canyons and land tours.
We believe this region is quite unlike any other: Halmahera is one of the best scuba destination of all the Indonesian Archipelago.
A typical day on board
In general you will be offered 3 dives a day including one night dive, each one of them carefully prepared and checked beforehand, reassuring the right conditions.
The day starts with a satisfying breakfast of fresh fruit juices, toast, coffee/tea, cereals and eggs any style to satisfy your morning hunger.
After the first dive we’ll serve a full breakfast, and in between eating and diving there will be spare time to relax on the sundeck, read a book, have a chat or check out the mornings digital photos on your laptop.
Lunch is served after the second dive and usually, a quick afternoon siesta.
The food-dive-food routine follows after the third dive of the day, afterwhich you can enjoy a lazy late-afternoon on our sundeck, lounging back and soaking in the wonderful landscape with a cup of coffee or tea and some snacks.
Dinner is prepared after the night dive, and the food is excellent. Hailing from a long tradition of big family homecooked meals in Spain, we take pride in offering you a delicious menu with our carefully selected professional chef on board the Seahorse. Maybe a nice glass of wine, watching the stars and then a well deserved sleep.
Due to the many and varied itinraries we have provided links to the PDF forms for each trip…
Bali to Komodo to Bali quarantine trip
How to get to Raja Ampat.
Seahorse - diving
On all dive trips safety is the main concern. The quality of diving is guaranteed. Indonesia has the best reef diving in the world and operating from a liveaboard will give you the chance to reach unbelievable sites, but something must be understood, being remote means potential risks.
The use of a computer, an octopus and a surface marker buoy are mandatory. If you do not have these, let us know in advance and we will prepare them for you.
We have few rental gear and some spares on board. We do strongly recommend that you have your gear checked before the trip.
We will check the dive conditions and make sure they are the best ones for each dive site; we will be flexible with the way you want to dive and try to adapt ourselves to your own preferences.
Our DM´s are well trained with years of experience in Indonesia and can spot and name anything that is down there for you. The crew will take care of the equipment and have been trained in first aid and in the handling of the gear, including your cameras.
Diving in Komodo is not a new idea but recently it's being recognised as a premier destination due to the awesome variety of diving to be had.
Crystal clear water and dive sites where you never see another diver provide a little something for everyone whether it's macro or massive you love.
One day you can be crawling along the bottom looking at pygmy seahorses, frogfish and unusual nudibranch and the next you are in the big blue on an open water pinnacle as the mantas fly by, the sharks circle and the dolphins hunt and the next day diving a live volcano!!
For sheer variety there is no better place on earth.
Komodo is one of the few places left in the world where sharks are not rare and down south is one of the places where manta rays have their legendary aggregations, meaning they are here in the area in their hundreds!!!
One of the highlights of these trips is the rare opportunity to walk with the lengendary Komodo dragons. These truly awesome beasts can reach 3 metres plus and can reportedly run at 20km an hour chasing their prey. It's the icing on the cake, Stunning diving and one of the world's last surviving dinosaur descendants all one amazing package.
Covering the best of both worlds, from up close and personal with aggragating mantas to shy pygmy seahorses and rare nudibranches Komodo diving has it all. The beauty of Komodo liveaboard diving is in the balance between the large and small animals. One day you will be in the blue swimming with mantas and sharks and the next swimming along a bubbling volcanic reef covered with venting submerged fumeroles blowing bubbles into the water and hiding one of the worlds best kept secret macro dive sites.
In North Komodo the water temperature is normally 27-29°C. Around Southern Komodo and Rinca Islands the water temperature drops can drop a bit to 22-26°C. A 5mm long suit is advised and hood and booties are strongly recommended for the southern area.
These are some of the top sites that most liveaboards visit.
Angel reef, Moyo, Sumbawa diving
We start our Komodo liveaboard with the first dive of the trip and the check out dive. This dive site doesn't disappoint. A beautiful wall stretching down to 50 metres covered in hard and soft corals very reminiscent of Bunaken in North Sulawesi. Schools of bannerfish and trevally patrol the walls with the occasional reef sharks making an appearance. Ribbon eels hide in crevices and many different nudibranchs crawl over the vast elephant ear sponges that hang from the beautiful soft coral infested wall.
Satonda island bay
A protected bay on Satonda island north of Sumbawa hosts a treasure trove of macro critters, the more we dive here the more we find. The rare Denise pygmy seahorse lives in fans here, frogfish hang out in big barrel sponges and ghost pipefish hide amongst the featherstars that cover the reef slope. In the sandy bottom you can find jawfish with their mouths full of eggs, myriads of anemonefish, mushroom coral pipefish and spearer mantis shrimps.
Sangeang island diving
Sangieng island is a perfectly round volcanic island jutting up from the sea bed. Still active and last blowing in 1996 this well kept secret is one of the world's finest macro dive areas. With diving available all around the island there is not one specific spot but always new ones to be discovered. Bubbles of volcanic gas seep through the sand creating a surreal atmosphere and a warm black sand bottom hosting rare and unusual nudibranch. Pygmy seahorses, frogfish, Pegasus sea moths and carnivorous shells and all common here, this is my personal favourite dive site as every time we dive here there is a surprise in store of something new that is often not in the books - this site is why you go Komodo liveaboard diving.
Gps point - Gili Banta diving
Gps point is an open sea mount prone to strong currents at certain times of the day. This provides prolific hard and soft coral growth that is home to hundreds of different types of reef fish. Loved by sharks, white tip sharks cruise around the whole dive in amongst the hunting giant trevallies and schooling jacks and surgeon fish, an exciting dive.
Takat Toko, Gili Lawalaut diving
This is one of my favourite sites on the Komodo liveaboard itinerary and is very similar to Gps point this site takes it to the next level. Grey reef shark, white tip sharks, occassional dolphins and a literal fish soup created by jacks, surgeonfish, giant trevallies and bannerfish surround this large sea mount as you hang on to the reef edge and watch the action. Again this site is prone to strong currents but we time our dives to hit around slack tide and a little current brings in the big fish. Great pelagic action, my favourite blue water dive.
Lighthouse reef, Gili Lawalaut diving
An adrenalin pounding drift dive along the wall and around the corner under the lighthouse. Sharks, mantas, dolphins are all frequent visitors on the dive with some of the best coral reef top in the area around the corner out of the current at the end of the dive you can hunt for porcelain crabs, cuttlefish and unusual seahorses whilst waiting for the adrenalin to funnel out of your system and your heart rate to return to normal-this is what Komodo liveaboard diving is all about!.
Crystal rock, Gili Lawalaut diving
A stunning soft coral and sea fan covered pinnacle with crystal water clarity this is a great site for those magazine cover wide angle shots. With at least 5 different types of angelfish, 4 types of trigger and butterflyfish everywhere it is a excellent reef fish dive with frequent visits from eagle and manta rays and the resident sleepy hawksbill turtle.
Pink beach, Komodo diving
Colder water and lower vis here due to the huge amounts of organic matter in the water due to the southern currents but this is more than made up for by the astounding life available to see here due to this phenomenon. Normally done as a night dive it also makes a good day dive with everything from white tip sharks to pygmy seahorses; zebra crabs, Coleman shrimp, many coloured frogfish, xeno crabs, Spanish dancers, and unusual nudibranchs are hidden amongst the dense coral growth.
Cannibal rock, Rinca island diving
Colder water than the north but touted by many as one of the worlds best 10 sites, yes I know there seems to be way more than 10 "top 10 sites" but this one really is one if you like macro. Everything is here even the rarest of the rare, the Rhinopias scorpionfish. It's nudi heaven with only the special and the rare getting to appear here, more species than I care to mention along with large and different frogfish mixed in with schools of fish and the resident dopy turtle we do 2 dives here and it's still not enough!! You will love it, I personally adore this dive site.
Torpedo alley, Rinca island diving
Just next to cannibal rock and where the boat moors is a beach that has wild pigs, monkeys and Komodo dragons in the daytime and hosts a myriad of critters in the waters in front if it at night. Named for the large amount of torpedo rays found here, a member of the electric ray family- no touching! They cover the sandy bottom along with loads of nudis obvious on the black sand bottom along with bizarre crabs and octopus.
Manta alley, Komodo diving
In the cooler waters in the south of Komodo there is a bay in which there are a series of pinnacles that seem to be a magnet for aggregating mantas. They are here in their tens, often we come up having seen over 20 different individuals. Often a little shy, their evasive spins and pirouettes makes the watching of them that much more enjoyable.
Takat Makassar, Komodo diving
This is our other manta site. A little bit more of a risk to see them as it is a huge area and we drift along the bottom in about 10 metres but along the way we always run into loads of turtles, napoleon and humphead wrasse, white tip sharks and very very occasionally you will be incredibly lucky and run into the resident dugong that inhabits this area along with scores of mantas as they migrate north.
3 sisters, Padar island diving
A series of underwater pinnacles reaching nearly to the the surface off the coast of Padar island next to Komodo this site constantly springs surprises on you from silvertip sharks and mobular ray schools to marbled rays and rare nudibranchs.
Raja Ampat diving
All our boats run fantastic Raja Ampat liveaboards of varying length visiting all the best places each with their own unique itinerary and features.
They are all different prices dependant on the length of the trip and standard of the liveaboard.
All our boats are liveaboards for people enthusiastic or serious about their diving but also welcome snorkellers and non-divers who will have their own separate itinerary." author: "Raja Ampat liveaboard
**Raja Ampat (or the Four Kings)** is an archipelago consisting of the islands of Misoool, Salawati, Batanta, and Wiageo which are surrounded by over 1,500 small islands and cays. Formerly known as Irian Jaya, this area is now part of the newly named West Papua province of Indonesia and is located on the northwest tip of Bird's Head Peninsula, on the island of New Guinea.
Put simply, Raja Ampat could quite possibly be the best diving in the world. It certainly is the world's most bio diverse marine region with more recorded fish, coral and mollusc species than anywhere else on Earth. The variety of marine life can be staggering. Some areas boast enormous schools of fish and regular sightings of sharks, such as wobbegongs. In Mansuar, you may encounter large groups of manta rays and turtles. From the boat and often close to shore you may get the chance to don your snorkelling gear for some unforgettable interaction with resident pods of dolphins or even some passing whales. Other highlights include the innumerable war wrecks, both ships and planes (with new wrecks being discovered constantly).
The reefs of Raja Ampat are just as varied as the marine life. There are vertical walls, reef flats, slopes, sea mounts, mucky mangroves, lagoons and pinnacles. The reefs are in pristine condition with miles of perfect hard corals and many varied colourful species of soft corals. The diving is predominantly drift dives due to the moderate prevalent currents in the area which provide nutrients for the myriad fish and coral. Currents are average to moderate and vary from none to very strong. Visibility is normally very good but can vary and is normally at its best earlier in the day so your pre-breakfast dives are not to be slept through!
This is truly "Frontier Diving". Topside the beautiful islands stretch as far as you can see and are largely uninhabited. At night the lights of local fishing boats twinkle in the dark along the few inhabited shorelines while in more remote areas you may only see a distant spec of light over the entire horizon.
Not many liveaboards dive the Raja Ampat area, making this adventure even more unique and special.
Raja Ampat has a high season from October to May and weirdly enough it is during their rainy season due to the winds in the dry season making parts of the park inaccessable. The rainy season should not be mis-construed though. It is generally mostly a shower in the late afternoon and evening and most of the time the days are nice, wind is minimal and the skys are generally clear or slightly over cast. The seas are calmer at this time of the year as the oppposite season has winds that kick up waves and make it very difficult to dive the more exposed sites in the Southern part of Raja Ampat. The water temperature stays around the 27-30 degrees celcius mark all year round.
Recently due to the popularity of Raja Ampat a lot of boats have been running trips in the so called low season but this is also the dry season and so promotes nicer weather and better visibility but the trade of is that only the northern more sheltered part of the park is accessable but as the area is so vast and there are so many quality dive sites the reports from these northern trips have been glowing so far.
Seahorse - specs
Indonesian "Bugis Prahus" boats , commonly known as Pinisi, are boats of the most impressive craft construction that has ever existed. Their entire structure is made of locally-grown timber (ironwood teak amongst others) according to a tradition that dates back to long before Portuguese colonists reached the area.
The Bugis were expert seafarers native of southern Sulawesi, who traded in timber and spices from that part of Asia to Madagascar. Originally, ship building was the job of the Konjo, craftsmen who, working on their traditional designs, copied the western vessels that reached those lands around 1500 A.D., adapting them to their own style. That was the source of inspiration for building the Pinisi. Generation after generation, this traditional shipbuilding technique was transmitted orally such that it is considered a cultural treasure.
At Indo Cruises, we want to share this cultural heritage with our customers, adapting it to the 21st century. Our Pinisis operate with the most modern equipment (to European standard), while keeping up the magic of tradition. A few things have changed since the early days of liveaboards. The food has increased in quality and quantity, the boats in general are more spacious and comfortable.
- 33 m
- 8,5 m
- 3.5 m
- 220 tons
- Wooden ship with BKI Classification, Type Pinisi
- M.A.N. 380 HP marine engine
- 9-12 knots
- 3,000 nautical miles
- 1 x 620cm with Yamaha 85 HP OB
1 x 520cm with Yamaha 40HP OB
- 1 x Mitshubishi 40 KVA 220-380 v
1 x Mitshubishi 60 KVA 220-380 v
1 x Yammar 12 KVA 220-380 v
- Available Voltage
- 220 V, 50 Herz
- Fuel Tank
- 20,000 liter
- Water Tank
- 11,000 liters fresh water storage, 6,000 l/day water maker
- 3 x 12 man self-inflatable lift-rafts, smoke detectors in all cabins, 2 emergency oxygen units
- Scuba Gear
- Rental diving gear from Seemannsub Oceanic
- Scuba Tanks
- 30 SCUBA tanks, l/min Seemannsub compressors
- EPIRB emergency locator, Sat-phone, FM SW Radio, 4 VHF and SSB Radio, E.P.I.R.B., Furuno 90 NM radar, 2 x GPS w/plotter depth-sounder Furuno
- Small Library
- Guest Accommodations
- For 16 guests 3 double bed lux cabins. All guest cabins have own shower/toilet + hot water and individual AC control
Seahorse - faqs
Standard Indonesian FAQS
Please note these are generic FAQs about Indonesia in general and not always boat specific.
If you are unsure about something please ask us to get confirmation.
What documents will I need to show on the boat?
Dive certification cards and dive logbook.
What money will I need?
Most boats accepts payment by Visa or Mastercard, Indonesian Rupiah, Euro or US Dollar. Please be advised that foreign notes should be clean, new and crisp. Indonesian banks and money changers will not accept old notes or notes which are damaged in any way. You can also use your credit or debit card at ATM machines in towns prior to boarding the boat to withdraw Rupiah, which is better should you wish to purchase local souvenirs or for tips. It is advisable to inform your bank or credit card company that you will be visiting Indonesia prior to your departure, as it is not uncommon for the bank to put a block on the card if they suspect it has been misappropriated.
Will there be any opportunities to go ashore during the cruise?
There are many different land excursions which are dependent on the schedule and guest preferences. Some land excursions available are beach visits, village visit and other treks dependant on the area, weather and local conditions.
What if I am prone to sea sickness?
If you are prone to sea sickness we strongly urge you to bring some motion sickness medication.
What is the voltage on the boat?
Voltage in Indonesia is 220-240 V.
If you feel you will need an adaptor please bring one.
What time zone is Indonesia located?
Komodo, Flores, Derawan and Sangalaki, Kaimantan and Sulawesi are 8 hours ahead of GMT. Raja Ampat is covered by Eastern Indonesia Standard Time which is 9 hours ahead of GMT.
Is smoking permitted?
A designated area on the boat is available for smoking.
Smoking is not permitted in any other area for any reason.
What about crew gratuities?
Gratuities for the crew are not included in your trip price. If the crew performs to your expectations, we suggest a gratuity of approximately 5-10% of the published package price per person be considered normal aboard a liveaboard dive boat.
All tips are generally split equally among the boat crew. Personal tipping is frowned upon. Payment of gratuities can be by cash or credit card.
Do I need evacuation/dive insurance?
It is mandatory that each guest purchase comprehensive evacuation and dive accident insurance.
The boat will be operating in extremely remote areas. Emergency evacuations from remote locations can cost in excess of USD $100,000.
We recommend Divers Alert Network (DAN): www.DiversAlertNetwork.org (in USA), www.daneurope.org (in Europe).
Are there any limitations or restrictions on the diving?
You should stay within the limits and standards of your qualifying agency.
All dives should be no- decompression dives. Solo diving is not permitted.
What dive equipment do I need?
Tanks, weights and weight belts are provided onboard. Divers will need to bring BCD, regulator, wetsuit,fins, mask, snorkel and dive light.
Rental equipment is available and will need to be ordered in advance.
What can I expect the water temperature to be and what wetsuit do you recommend?
This is always a difficult question to answer because people have different reactions to temperature.
Typically temperatures range from 25-30C or 80-86F so usually a 3mm suit or even a skin is fine.
The southern waters of Komodo can be colder with 20-25C or 70-75F so a 5mm suit with a hood is recommended.
How do we dive from the boat?
All dives will be made from the tenders. Equipment will be transferred to the tenders and guests will board the tender with only their wetsuit on.
Can I drink alcohol and dive?
No. Drinking alcohol and diving can increase your risk of decompression problems.
You can drink alcohol once your have completed your last dive of the day.
Can I pay by Credit card on board?
For most things yes you can but there is a bank charge of 3%, normal in Indonesia. Please check with us beforehand about this.
The average air temperature in the regions you will visit ranges from 25 - 35 Celsius or 77-90 Fahrenheit.
Health and innoculations:
Vaccinations for typhoid, paratyphoid, tetanus, Cholera, Polio, and Hepatitis A are recommended but not mandatory.
Malaria is endemic in many parts of Indonesia, please check with your local Tropical Disease Centre for anti-malaria/diver friendly medication.
The Indonesian currency is Rupiah. Rates fluctuate enormously, please check with our cruise directors for your cruise exchange rates.
Population and people:
Regarded as the fifth most populous nation in the world, there are approximately 200,000,000 in Indonesia. The majority, around 60% reside on the island of Java.
An amazing diversity of religions exists. Predominantly a Muslim nation, islands like Timor, North Sulawesi and Flores are Christian.
Hinduism is found mainly in Bali.
Scattered throughout the region are a variety of other beliefs.
Bahasa Indonesia, almost identical to Malay is the one national language.
Several local dialects exist in each region as well. English is widely spoken in the more popular tourist destinations such as Bali.
Out of 14,000+ islands in the archipelago, there are a plethora of exclusive dive locations in Indonesia, boasting up to 80% of the worlds species of undersea life. With Indocruises we take you to pristine spots not that known in your average dive travel guide and which are still being explored.
Dive conditions in Indonesia
- Diving all year around is possible.
- Watertemperature 24°(75°F) to 30°C(86°F) (In the south of Komodo it drops down to 21-23°C (70-75°F)
- Visibility is mostly very good (up to 30m)
Safety Procedures and Emergency Evacuation Information:
There are 6 recompression chambers in Indonesia to treat decompression sickness
Bali: Sanglah General Hospital (in Indonesian language) USUP Sanglah Denpasar JI. Diponegoro, Denpasar 80114 Bali, Indonesia Phone 62-361-227911 through -15 ext. 232 (hyperbaric medical department) Fax 62-361-22426 Run by Dr. Antonius Natasamudra and Dr. Etty Herawati
Manado (Sulawesi): At the Malalayang Hospital (chamber for 3 to 4 persons) Phone: 0811430913 and ask for Dr Jimmy Waleleng (Phone home 860953).
Makassar (Sulawesi): Rumah Sakit Umum Wahidin Sudirohusodo. Contact person: Pak Daniel Address: Jl. Perintis Kemerdekaan Km. 11, Tamalanrea Kampus UNHAS Indonesia TEL:++ 62 - 0411 (584677) , 584675. Said to be for 3 to 4 persons.
Jakarta (Java): Rumah Sakit Angkatan Laut (Navy Hospital) in Jl. Bendungan Hilir No.17, Central Jakarta (see text in italian with some addresses - list of help)
Kalimantan: The Borneo Divers have the only professional recompression chamber located on Sipadan island (Borneo - Malaysia)
Surabaya (Java): Rumah Sakit Angkatan Laut (RSAL) (Military Marine hospital) Jl. Gadung no. 1, SurabayPhone 031-45750 and 41731 (another number given was 031-838153 and fax 031- 837511) Run by Dr Suharsono
Available SAR (search and rescue) contact information:
- SAR Bali : ph 0361 - 751111 Radio : 13545.0
- SAR Lombok : Ph 0370 - 633253 Radio : 13545.0
- SAR Makassar : Ph 0411 - 554111 Radio : 13545.0
- SAR Manado : Ph 0431 - 825986
- SAR Kupang : Ph 0380 - 831111
- SAR Ambon : Ph 0911 - 351111
- SAR Sorong : Ph 0951 - 323816
**Available SAR (search and rescue) contact information:
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